Created in 1978 by Kawerak, Inc. of Nome, Eskimo Walrus Commission (EWC) is the organization representing Alaska's coastal walrus hunting communities. Initially formed as a consortium of Native hunters, EWC is a recognized statewide entity working on resource co-management issues, specifically walrus, on behalf of Alaska Natives as it continues to be an essential cultural, natural, and subsistence resource to the Alaskan coastal Yupik and Inupiaq communities. Walrus is also a primary resource of food for Alaska Natives and is used to produce handicrafts and artwork from its ivory and bone.
EWC MEMBER COMMUNITIES
|Barrow||Brevig Mission||Clarks Point||Gambell|
|Little Diomede||Mekoryuk||Nome||Point Hope|
A cooperative agreement between FWS and EWC was developed in 1997 to encourage subsistence hunters' participation in conserving and managing walrus stocks in the coastal communities. In 1998, a Memorandum of Understanding between EWC, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and FWS was signed further allowing joint management of the Pacific Walrus Conservation Fund where the majority of the funds come from the sale of raw ivory by EWC during state conferences and events.
Kawerak's Eskimo Walrus Commission represents Alaska's coastal walrus hunting communities and continues to work cooperatively with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service work on a number of projects:
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